Ranchi, August 21: Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that by 2018, every village will be electrified & towns along with the villages will have similar civic amenities & infrastructures. Das said that all villages of Jharkhand will be developed into e-villages.
He said that Gram Panchayats will be facilitated in the line of delivery system which has brought about transparency to a greater extent in rendering corruption free governance in the state.
He said it while inaugurating National Convention on Smart Village Program jointly conducted by Rural Development Department & SIRD.
Referring to Smart Village Program started by Prime Minister, Das said that village development which was overlooked for 67 years after Independence, has emerged as a very pertinent issue & centre as well as the state govt. are working hand-in-hand to develop the villages.
He said that e-village concept is in the interest of the villages. Mentioning Smart village concept, the Chief Minister said that education is the most important factor of smart villages & the Govt. looks forward to develop smart villages on international parameters. Discussing various schemes of the Govt. the CM said that the Govt. endeavors to increase the rural people’s purchase capacity through promoting gardening, fisheries & animal husbandry. Das said that the Govt. is planning to conduct unanimous election in Gram Panchayats.
He added that if a woman is elected headman of a village, the village will be given an award of Rs 2 lakhs. The Rural Development Minister Nilkanth Singh Munda said that the villages will be developed in the line of the towns with roadways, transportation, drinking water & health facilities.
He said that the Govt. has provisioned Rs 5000 crores to make 500 smart villages.
In the two day convention, many national & international experts will share their views on smart village.
Principal Secretary of Rural Development Department N.N.Sinha threw light on the purpose of conducting this program & said that many new ideas will evolve from this session.
MGNREGA Commissioner Rahul Sharma, Secretary to CM Sunil Kumar Burnwal, SIRD Director K.Ravi Kumar & many experts were present in the meeting.